forest with park sign about fragile ecosystem and staying on the trail


Lea Bingham
Assistant Dean, University Transfer
Phillips (Building 3), room 3-126
919-536-7223, ext. 8004

Parks and Recreation Management

University Transfer Options

Students who wish to pursue a bachelor's degree in Parks and Recreation Management should complete the Associate in Arts (AA) degree which will transfer to all UNC System schools, most North Carolina independent colleges and universities, and most out of state institutions.

The Associate in Arts (AA)

The Associate in Arts (AA) is intended for students who ultimately wish to complete a baccalaureate arts degree at a four-year college or university. Students in this program develop foundational knowledge particularly business, English, fine arts, foreign languages, history, philosophy, psychology, or sociology.

Course Selection Guide

This course selection guide shown below has been developed by referencing the Baccalaureate Degree plans or the student plans for the Bachelor of Arts degrees at the universities listed below.

  • Appalachian State University (ASU) - Recreation Management, Recreation Park Management Concentration
  • NC Central University (NCCU) - Recreation Administration (Parks and Recreation Management and Recreational Therapy Concentrations)
  • NC State University (NCSU) - Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management
  • UNC-Greensboro (UNC-G) - Recreation and Parks Management (Community Recreation & Event Planning and Therapeutic Recreation Concentrations)

Students should print out and save the baccalaureate degree plan (BDP) for their major and intended transfer university.

Printable Parks and Recreation Course Selection Guide (pdf)

General Education – 45 SHC (“Semester Hours of Credit”)
Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC) Courses (31-32 SHC)

UGETC courses are courses which are guaranteed to fulfill a general education component at every public university in North Carolina and the private colleges that are signatories to the 2015 Independent Comprehensive Articulation Agreement.

English Composition (6 SHC)
Durham Tech / UGETC RequirementASUNCCUNCSUUNCG
ENG 111 Writing & InquiryENG 111ENG 111ENG 111ENG 111
ENG 112 Writing/Research in the DisciplinesENG 112ENG 112ENG 112ENG 112
Humanities/Fine Arts (H/FA) (9 SHC)

Select three courses from at least two disciplines

Durham Tech / UGETC RequirementASUNCCUNCSUUNCG
One course selected from ART 111, 114, 115; COM 231; MUS 110, 112AnyCOM 231COM 231COM 231
One course selected from PHI 215 or PHI 240AnyAnyAnyAny
One course selected from ENG 231, 232, 241, 242AnyAnyENG 231Any
Social and Behavioral Sciences (S/BS) (9 SHC)

Select three courses from at least two disciplines

Durham Tech / UGETC RequirementASUNCCUNCSUUNCG
One course selected from HIS 111, HIS 112, HIS 131, or HIS 132AnyHIS 112AnyAny
One course from ECO 251, ECO 252, POL 120, PSY 150, SOC 210AnyPSY 150PSY, SOC, or POLPSY 150
One additional course from aboveAnyAnyECO 251 Any
Mathematics (3-4 SHC)
Durham Tech / UGETC RequirementASUNCCUNCSUUNCG
One Math course selected from MAT 143, 152, 171AnyMAT 152MAT 152MAT 152

At UNCG MAT 152 is recommended for therapeutic recreations majors pursuing a master’s.

Natural Science (4 SHC)
Durham Tech / UGETC RequirementASUNCCUNCSUUNCG
One Science course selected from AST 151/A, BIO 110, BIO 111, CHM 151, GEL 111, PHY 110/AAnyBIO 110BIO 110BIO 110

At UNCG, BIO 111 is required for Therapeutic Recreation only.

Additional General Education Transfer Hours (13-14 SHC)
Foreign Language (3 SHC)
Durham Tech Gen Ed RequirementFSUNCCUNCSUUNCG
Choose from American Sign Language, Arabic, French, German, or Spanish. FL 112 must be taken with accompanying lab. Foreign Language must be at 112 level or higher for Durham Tech requirements.FL 112FL 211FL 112FL 112

NCSU does not require FL for this major if two years of FL were successfully completed in high school

Second Mathematics Course (3-4 SHC)
Durham Tech Gen Ed RequirementFSUNCCUNCSUUNCG
Choose from MAT 143, MAT 152, MAT 171, MAT 172, or MAT 263. Note: There are prerequisites for these courses that must be met.AnyAnyMAT 152Any
Second Natural Science Course (4 SHC)
Durham Tech Gen Ed RequirementFSUNCCUNCSUUNCG
Choose from AST 151/151A, AST 152/152A, BIO 110, BIO 111, 112, BIO 140/140A, CHM 131/A, CHM 132, CHM 151, CHM 152, GEL 111, GEL 230, PHY 110/110AAnyAnyGEL 111Any
One Additional Course (3-4 SHC)
Durham Tech Gen Ed RequirementFSUNCCUNCSUUNCG
One additional courseAnyAnyHUM 110PSY 241
Other Required Hours (15 SHC)

Students should consult their advisor. The listings vary based on the requirements of the selected university and the student's intended major.

College Transfer Success Course (1 SHC)
Durham Tech RequirementFSUNCCUNCSUUNCG
ACA 122 (This course should be taken in the student’s first semester.)ACA 122ACA 122ACA 122ACA 122
Foreign Language (0-8 SHC)
Durham Tech RequirementFSUNCCUNCSUUNCG
FL 111/181, 112/182 if needed to meet FL requirement.As NeededAs NeededAs NeededAs Needed
Additional Major Course(s)
Durham Tech RequirementFSUNCCUNCSUUNCG
Additional college level course(s) to complete the 15 SHC requirement.AnyHEA 110
PED 110
Rec. Therapy Only: 
BIO 168
BIO 169
PSY 241
AnyTherapeutic Rec. Only: 
BIO 168
BIO 169
EDU 145
PSY 281

Guaranteed Admissions Pathways

Durham Tech has partnered with several universities to develop guaranteed admissions pathways for a seamless transition into their baccalaureate programs for eligible students who complete a Durham Tech university transfer degree (AA, AS, AFA, and AE). Students must apply for acceptance into these programs.

View more information about Guaranteed Admissions Pathways and the list of universities. 

Suggested Paths

Short Term

(12 months or less)

Long Term

(More than 12 months)